Foundation degree in Veterinary Nursing (a University of Brighton-validated course)

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What does the course cover?

This course is delivered through an interesting mix of group workshops, guest visits from industrial experts and veterinary surgeons, laboratory-based practicals, lectures, practical sessions and work-related activities. You’ll need to complete a voluntary placement for the duration of your course; completing 1800 working hours over the three-year period. Plus you’ll need to complete a nursing progress log as part of your overall qualification. You’ll also enjoy visits to a variety of veterinary organisations including referral and equine practices. 

Entry Requirements:

You’ll need at least 5 GCSEs (minimum grade C/4) including English Language, Maths and a Science and a total of 64 UCAS points including either:

• Two A Levels to include at least one science, preferably Biology (Grade C)

• Advanced GNVQ or BTEC Extended Diploma in an animal/ science based qualification (MMP)

• Level 3 Key Skills, but not General Studies

If you’re a mature student who has appropriate GCSEs but not A Levels or an Extended Diploma, you may be eligible for entry if you have a Level 3 science-based qualification or QAA-approved Access to Science course but must equate to a suitable amount of UCAS points.

You will also need to have completed at least four weeks’ work experience in an animal-related industry. A minimum of two weeks should be in a veterinary practice working as a Student Veterinary Nurse – four weeks is preferred.

In addition to our academic entry criteria, you’ll need to demonstrate your fitness to practice according to RCVS guidelines. You’ll be required to disclose any convictions, including drugs offences, before you start your course. The RCVS may, depending on the offence, refuse to allow professional registration on graduation. 


3 years, Full-Time (Year 2 is a Sandwich year). 

UCAS Details:

The UCAS code for this course is D310.

I thoroughly enjoyed the course, I built great friendships with both staff and peers. I found that by being at Plumpton I grew as a person, and become more confident. I would strongly recommend the FdSc Veterinary course as I had the best three years. 

Shannon Desmond

FdSc Veterinary Nursing


If you're looking to join us in Veterinary Nursing, you'll find our extensive animal management unit an outstanding place for you to study. 

You'll have access to an extensive range of domestic, exotic and 'small-holding' animals where you will learn the husbandry and health requirements in preparation for clinical work. 

We've also got superb facilities, where you'll be able to spend time at our purpose-built Clinical Veterinary Nursing Training Suite, developing your clinical nursing skills. 

Here you'll discover our excellent modern equipment which ranges from advanced diagnostic, anaesthetic, laboratory and surgical equipment to a comprehensive range of anatomical models. This includes a life-size model hose plus a full range of equine veterinary and husbandry equipment. 

Future Opportunities

We work closely with many veterinary practices within Sussex and the surrounding counties. You’ll be allocated a work placement practice in your first year – most students will stay with the same practice throughout their training. This is an opportunity for you to become fully integrated within a multidisciplinary team. We’ve found that many of our students have gone on to be employed at their placement practice after they’ve successfully completed their Foundation Degree.  

What professional qualifications can I study? 

On graduation, you’ll receive professional accreditation as a veterinary nurse from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and will be eligible to enter the professional register as a registered veterinary nurse (RVN).

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